Report on the October MeetingThe Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia
An eyewitness account
In 1968, Bob Howes was working for English Electric installing a new computer system in a steel works in the industrial city of Ostrava, near the mountainous Polish border. The view from his austere hotel bedroom, was of a grim city, whose factories had grown from its proximity to coal deposits. One day, travelling along the Military Road to a small village, he was surprised to find heavily armed soldiers on an exercise. A while later, on waking, he saw tank tracks outside his hotel. The huge tanks were sent in to reaffirm to the West that Eastern Europeans remained oppressed. Russian was taught in school, so even the children were able to converse with the soldiers. Communist controlled Czechoslovakia was surrounded by other Russian influenced countries. Dubcek tried to liberalise the regime and embarked on a programme of reform that included amendments to the Constitution of Czechoslovakia, which would have brought back a degree of democracy and greater personal freedom. He was a major protagonist in the “Prague Spring”. Although Bob experienced no violence in Ostrava, Prague became a dangerous city, so in a three car convoy he drove to Vienna, where journalists at his hotel clamoured for information. He was even mentioned in a Daily Telegraph report. Eventually using his multiple work visa, he returned home with little difficulty. Having returned later to complete his computer assignment he was shocked to be recalled to Britain with only a day’s notice. An in depth debriefing from Special Branch followed, looking to extract any information concerning Nic Prager, who was accused of spying for Czechoslovakia and later held in Wakefield Prison.
As many of you will know Margaret Fuller sadly passed away on 8th October, after a long illness. Margaret was a founder member of our U3A, taking charge of the monthly refreshments from the very first meeting and continuing for each and every monthly meeting for at least the next five years. She did this quietly and so reliably that the new committee could concentrate on setting up the new U3A knowing all members would at least have a cup of tea and a biscuit every month if nothing else.She was in addition a founder member of one of the first interest groups and later joined further groups. This U3A owes Margaret a great debt for all her hard work and her cheerful and helpful nature. She will. be very much missed by us all.
Saving Used Stamps
As you may know Medical Assistance Dogs are being trained to help detect illnesses such as cancer and diabetes and to assist adults and children who live with complex medical conditions. They can also sniff out bed bugs and other nasties. If you are happy to continue giving me your used stamps they will now go to help the Medical Detection Dogs Charity. With Christmas so near we should get a good number. If you prefer, you can drop them into the Post Office in Dunton Bassett.
Many thanks to all who have saved their used stamps for the Hearing Dogs charity Dot Barnard
A big thank you to Barbara Ewen for all her hard work in providing the refreshments.for so long. She is having a well-earned rest from this task. Barbara will continue to contribute to WLU3A as a committee member.
Maggie Rigby has kindly agreed to take over the role.
Tel. 01455 557615 if you would like to offer to help with the refreshments. The aim is to get enough volunteers so that people are only on duty once a year.
We have a display board upon which we would like to publicise and promote our many Interest Groups. If you have, or would like to take photos of special events or outings within your Groups, please let Sue Creeden have them. Displays will be updated each month. You can contact Sue on 01455 557888 or send photos via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ursula Kanetis 01455 553563
We met on Monday, 20.10.2014 at the New Walk Museum to see “ German Expressionism”. Simon Lake, the curator, so kindly found time for an introduction to this excellent exhibition. He guided us engagingly through the various topics ( War and Art, Degenerate Art, The New Woman and Total Art ) and encouraged us to see the pieces of art in a new light. We then spent another hour on our own, discussing selected exhibits, where the artists were seeking to penetrate beyond the surface appearance of everyday life and to reveal the innermost meaning of an object. We ended our meeting over a relaxing pot of tea in the Belmont Hotel. Next session: Monday, 17.11.2014, to see the film “Mr Turner”. Time and venue t.b.a. No session in December
PLEASE NOTE: From January 2015 we will be meeting EVERY SECOND FRIDAY at 14.00
Numbers have varied each week during August and September, as everyone has enjoyed a holiday. Usually there are eight members of the enthusiastic band, who are willing to experiment with new techniques. We have tried to hone observation skills in tackling still life rather than using photographs as the starting point. Very diluted colour, as in glazing, has enhanced the translucency and delicacy of flower studies, but we still have a long way to go. We enjoy sharing our work and comments are always positive. Supportive discussions cover a wide range of topics as each of us offloads worries or updates the latest family news.—Therapy indeed!
Our choice of book this month was a collection of short stories first published in the early 50's by the acclaimed Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury. "The Illustrated Man."
A man is encountered who has skin Illustrations all over his body. Each illustration represents a tale from the future. The illustrations come to life and tell a tale of doom or impending doom. In this way Ray Bradbury can tell related but different tales. Its Bradbury's writing style and dialogue that holds you as much as the storyline. The technology depicted in the book was woefully dated but the moral issues touched upon had a resonance that makes the reader think. Some of the tales were quite harrowing and members of the group who were not enamoured of science fiction writing found it to be a difficult read.So it's on to our next tome " The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.
We are so sorry to lose Margaret Fuller, one of the original members of our group. Our sincere condolences go to her husband David. Margaret always enjoyed our various card games and regularly hosted the games at her house - she will be sadly missed
********NEW MEMBERS WELCOME*********
I hope you have all had a good summer.
> I am ready to start my craft mornings again and will be open for business initially on the third Thursday ie 20th November, between 10.00 am until 12.00 noon. We will not meet over the Christmas period, so will resume with our normal 4th Thursday slot on January 22nd2015.
Have you ever wanted to use a sewing machine, learn crochet or knit, make a piece of unique material for patchwork, prepare some small project for Christmas presents, and so many other craft things. I will be happy to guide you through anything that perhaps we can learn together.
If you would like to bring your own project and sit with like-minded people you are very welcome. We enjoy a tea or coffee with biscuits and of course loads of chat.
Le Bistrot Pierre, Millstone Lane, Leicester Tuesday 28th October
Le Bistrot Pierre offers a six-course Set Dinner fortnightly on Tuesday evenings – hence our change of evening. This is based on a set menu, with the only choice being that there are 2 options for the Main Course. On the evening we went, we started off with about 9 on the list and then the numbers gradually dropped. Two couples were called on for “Grandparent Duty” and another 2 people were unable to attend because of a funeral. In the end we were down to a select three ladies.
It was an extremely pleasant evening – good food and good company. We started with Tomato Soup, followed by a Tartlet of Caramelised Red Shallots and Roquefort with Roasted Red Peppers Confiture. Then on to the Main Course where my two companions chose the Pan Fried Breast of Duck and I opted for the Limousin Beef Stew, slow cooked in red wine – all delicious. We asked for a pause after that before being served with Rhubarb and Almond Frangipani with Vanilla Creme Fraiche. After that came the Cheese Board with crackers and a selection of four cheeses (French of course). Then – we waited till we had to ask the Waitress for our Coffee to be served, whereupon she brought us the bill!! When we got this sorted, we waited and waited again, so I decided to avail myself of the facilities and found that the moment I had left the table the coffees appeared!! The Waitress was pleasant and helpful but made a practice of serving one of the party by reaching across in front of her companion, even though there was plenty of space to serve in the usual way. Odd!
However, on the grounds of good company and a meal that we felt was “value for money”, the evening was a great success and we will certainly go again at some time in the future – perhaps when the nights are lighter in the summer and people don’t feel so chary about travelling into the centre of Leicester.
December - We decided not to arrange a Dinner in December as we are all usually overwhelmed with extra dining opportunities and would end up needing individual hostess trolleys to support our expanding stomachs!!
January2015– I will contact Rebecca at Lutterworth Golf Club to see if they are offering a Burns Night Supper again as we found that most enjoyable last year. Failing a Burns Night, we could go to “The Fox” in Lutterworth – U3A members who have been there recently enjoyed the food.
For February, it would be interesting to know if anyone has any suggestions for an Ethnic restaurant that we haven’t tried and that is our immediate vicinity (in case of bad weather).
23 October 2014
We enjoyed our discussion on “Who would you invite to a dinner party” and there were some interesting guests. David Attenborough and Brian Cox were chosen by more than one person. We translated a passage about being pursued by alligators, then read a poem on autumn by Anna de Noailles.
The next meeting will be on 27 November. There will be a Maigret film with English sub-titles at Pearl and Tony’s. Please try to arrive at 09:45 so that we can finish on time. Maybe we should chat in French in the short interval to keep up our skills?
There will be no meeting in December.
The Family History Group met on Tuesday to review the progress of the War Memorial Book, and also to discuss how members were getting to grips with the new project. I am pleased to say that the Bitteswell book has now been printed and will be launched at the November General Meeting as planned. It will be available from Jackie Yeo at the meeting, price £3, or by ringing me to order one. Beryl Pearson has offered to have some available for Bitteswell residents to save them having to come to Lutterworth to Jackie's house.
New members are always welcome at the group.
On a mild dry afternoon in October 12 members of the Group had an extremely interesting guided tour of the Leicester Attenborough Arboretum – led by Richard Gornall, the Director of the Aboretum and the Botanical Gardens no less! The arboretum covers five acres and was opened by David Attenborough 1997. Richard explained that it has been designed to display our native trees more or less in the sequence in which they arrived into the British Isles following the last ice-age approximately 10,000 years ago. He gave us lots of information about the trees, their reproduction and diseases. Afterwards a small group of us called into Palmers for the mandatory refreshments.
Our meeting in November will be a seasonal talk at Palmers Garden Centre, Ullesthorpe (LE17 5DR) on Tuesday 25th November. The talk, with any questions, and will take about an hour. There is no charge but we have been asked to make a donation of £3 per person to Loros. We can enjoy refreshments (additional charge) and/or a stroll round afterwards. Please can we meet in the entrance at 2.20 p.m. for the talk to start at 2.30 p.m.
Tuesday 21 October – Caffe Crema, Alma Park, Woodyway Lane, Claybrooke Parva LE17 5BH
Twelve of us signed up for this location, where they very kindly gave us a room of our own. A small cafe – somewhat off the beaten track; the ladies there are very friendly and co-operative. They serve pretty much the same Menu all the year round – Sandwiches, Paninis, Jacket Potatoes, Omelettes etc with the addition of Soup through the colder months.
We couldn’t have had a better reception – the ladies were most accommodating and friendly and everyone seemed happy with their choices – Soup, Jackets, Sandwiches, Paninis. It’s certainly somewhere that I would go to if I came back from Hinckley Market on the A5.
Tuesday 18 November – Malt Kiln Farm Shop, Stretton-under-Fosse
We enjoyed this small Cafe last year – they have a thriving Farm Shop with a Fresh Meat Counter as well as fresh veg and frozen goods. They also sell a vatiety of country themed fancy goods. When we went last year, they had an Art Exhibition for us to go round. As well as the usual Cafe food, they offer Hot Meal Specials each day and for those who can cope with the calories, they have a good cake selection! They should also have a WeightWatchers enrolment desk as you exit!
13th October 2014 -Scottish Devolution:
We decided to cover this topic once the results of the referendum were known.
It was felt that the 2 TV debates were a waste of time and that The Sunday Times poll showing a 2% lead for the Yes campaign panicked the Conservatives into action. Gordon Brown’s appearance and the threat by HSBC and RBS to move their head offices to England in the event of a ‘yes’ win, seemed to galvanise the ‘no’ voters. Until, that is, one saw the map of Scotland which was almost entirely red for ‘no’ except in Glasgow, Dundee, N Lanarkshire and W Dumbarton, so we concluded that those who had thought through the consequences of an independent Scotland were bound to vote no. Alex Salmond ducked the currency question and Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England made it clear that Scotland couldn’t go on using the pound. There were also questions over whether Scots could join Europe. Under the perceived pressure of a ‘yes’ vote David Cameron backed Gordon Brown’s comments and promised greater powers in very short order, citing consultation in November, a draft bill in January 2015 and a bill in the Queen’s speech after the election.
The turnout was 84.6% which meant that 3.6m of the 5m population voted. However the proportion of 16 and 17 year olds who voted isn’t known. The No vote was 55.25%and the Yes vote was 44.6% - more than 10% difference. The group thought that Alex Salmond had expected the youth vote to be in his favour, but many of the young people interviewed on TV and radio had clearly thought about what independence would mean for them and any future family. We were very pleased at the sensible attitude of these young people.
We discussed the report by Joel Barnet in 1978, which allocated a spend of 20% more per head in Scotland than in the rest of the UK. Worryingly the Treasury has the power to adjust the Barnet formula without recourse to Parliament. The W Lothian question first raised by Tam Dalziel in the 1970’s sought to ensure that Scots MPs should have no say in English matters. This has been a problem for much longer and continues today. It was first raised in the 1880s and the current McKay report was commissioned recently, but hasn’t come to any firm conclusion. William Hague agrees with Tam Dalziel, but Labour would lose 40 Scottish MPs and will not support the proposal. The whole question has been fudged since it was first mooted.
No-one in the group could envisage how an independent Scotland would work. Parliament is comprised of 600+ UK MPs, the UK is a member of the EU not individual countries; and how would defence policy work? The UK controls the economy, oil, taxation, defence and security and only parts of the NHS are devolved to Scotland. Is it not a waste of money for just 5m people to have a country of their own? That is a population half the size of London! Interestingly Holyrood has had the power to alter income tax by 3% for some time, but has not done it. When Czechoslovakia was divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia it took many years to untangle and will not be fully complete until 2016. How could the measures which David Cameron has promised be rushed through? If the Conservatives lose the election in May 2015 it will be someone else’s problem.
The whole group thought independence would be a bad idea for Scotland and for the rest of us. In particular England and, to some extent Wales and N Ireland, are already second class citizens in some ways. So we are glad the vote was no, but all the uncertainty has already damaged the pound.
November Topic – Tomorrow must belong to the young and the old
Our topic for October was "Love and Hate". It was quite difficult for us to find poems written about hate, however we found there were many to choose from on the theme of love, which is quite heartening really. Within the group there was some discomfort at the ferocity and emotion of some of the hate poems we read, particularly Carol Ann Duffy's "Mrs Quasimodo" with its themes of hatred and cruelty directed towards physical deformity, towards the storyteller herself and also towards the unfaithful husband. Although this poem challenges society's attitudes towards people who do not conform to its view of what is normal it was felt an uncomfortable poem to listen to. Probably most of the "hate" poems chosen were however comic in nature, such as those by Pam Ayres, Alexander Pope and Wendy Cope, and not all were solely about hatred against people, such as John Betjeman's "Slough".
We read several love poems, including a very moving poem by Clive James and a beautifully flowery poem by Christopher Marlowe. Love was seen in many guises, unrequited, passionate, amusing, sexual but also love for family and children. Other poets read were Seamus Heaney, D H Lawrence, Roger McGough and Eleanor Farjeon.
The next meeting will be on 27th November at 2pm, and instead of a theme, we are each bringing those poems we love best.
Wednesday 5th November – we are booked for The Brewery – report next month.
Wednesday 7th January 2015 – The Elms, Lutterworth. I will go and have coffee when they open and request a table. Order as you come but remember that the Carvery doesn’t usually become available till 12 Noon. If you order anything other than the Carvery, make it clear that you want to be served straight away. They have on occasion kept somebody’s meal back till all the Carvery people were served.
Wednesday 4th February 2015 – Perhaps Ullesthorpe Court and their Carvery.
No Dinner planned for November – getting too near Christmas and all those Turkey Dinners and Lunches!
After Dot Barnard’s stint as question master for the last meeting of the Quiz Group, which included a whole section on questions concerning Leicester, interest was expressed in finding out more about some historical facts about Leicester as our collective knowledge seemed to be sadly lacking. Dot suggested a trip to find out more and offered to act as a guide. Five intrepid seekers of knowledge joined Dot in a walking tour around Leicester .We enjoyed a full day and although the weather was cold we took in all the well-known Museums and as befitting our U3A enjoyed a lunch together and ended the day enthralled at the latetest tourist attraction The Richard the Third exhibition. Leicester is certainly making huge efforts to attract people and make itself a city well worth visiting.
Thanks go to Dot for her organisation of the day and making it a day well spent.
Our final walk of 2014, Friday November 21st, will be at Great Bowden. We will set out from Great Bowden Village Hall, The Green, LE16 7EU. The walk will be on pavements, hard standing. This walk will end with our festive meal at The Three Swans Hotel in Market Harborough at 1.30 p.m. Unfortunately only those people who have already booked the meal/paid the deposit will be able to join us for the meal, but if you wish to walk (without dining) you are welcome
17th October Historic Walk within Coventry City
This was a superb walk, researched in great detail by Viv, whose knowledge of the political, religious, economic and social history of the City is vast. She sent us all a very detailed route and historic notes relating to the walk, prior to our setting out. This was a good idea as there was so much detail. I cannot do justice to the route or the knowledge gained in this short extract but will give you a flavour.
Our walk encompassed both the modern: Coventry Transport Museum, the glass bridge which circles the Museum over Lady Herbert’s garden, the new University buildings and the “new”
Cathedral built after the original St Michael’s was largely destroyed in the Blitz.
PHOTOGRAPH CHEYLSEMORE MANOR TAKEN BY DAVE HUNTER
We also observed many aspects of medieval life such as St Mary’s Guildhall – which we were lucky enough to be invited into; Whitefriars dissolved in 1538, Holy Trinity Church with its impressive Doom Painting, Cheylsemore Manor and many more. Coventry is more than just a modern shopping centre, it has a wealth of beautiful architecture such as the Art Deco, Ellen Terry Building and sculpture. I am sure Viv would be happy to share her knowledge with anyone interested in local history, perhaps via e-mail or our U3A website.
This is very, very early notification that the Kilworth House summer production for 2015 will be "Singin' in the Rain
I am giving you this advance information because the Box Office has notified me that with our status as a valued client I have been given the opportunity to reserve seats from now. However, final confirmation and payment will not be required until late January.
Unfortunately the seats for the Sunday matinee performances through June 2015 are already very limited and the only seats available are on the sides. As a consequence, I have reserved seats for the evening performance on Sunday the 21st June at 7.30pm. The seats reserved are situated centrally on rows C, D and E, with four on row B for any one with slight walking difficulties. In order to take advantage of this early bird booking offer I need some idea of the level of interest so if you are interested please contact me (Eddie) asap.
The ticket price is £31.
I know that to plan this far ahead is asking a lot but it does mean that I am able to secure the best choice of seats.
The second summer musical is "Legally Blonde - The Musical" running from 20th August to 20th September. I have not reserved seats for this production but if you are interested please let me know with your preference between an August show or the September one, and the number of tickets required. If there is sufficient interest shown I will get back to you with some options.
01455 559725 email:email@example.com
Ely Trip Report.
After a lengthy delay due to a traffic incident, a group of 51 set off in the drizzle to head for Ely. A few phone calls allowed us to reschedule the day and as we arrived in Ely, the sun began to peep through the light cloud. The visits to the Oliver Cromwell House and Cathedral were very enjoyable in the company of knowledgeable guides. We managed to squeeze in time for lunch but it would have been nice to have had the hour we lost to explore the pretty little city.
4 DAY WHITBY
AND NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY.
Friday 12th June – Monday 15th June
I have negotiated a deal with a local travel company for an exclusive group trip to Whitby. The trip will include executive coach travel, three nights, bed, breakfast and evening meals. On Saturday a day trip on the, usually, steam powered train from Whitby to Pickering. We will have time to explore Pickering and returning by coach through pretty villages. On Sunday we will have a coach trip to Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough. I am planning to give walkers an alternative to Scarborough by leading a return walk from Robin Hoods Bay along the Cleveland Way cliff path to Whitby, about 61/2 miles. On Monday we will return home via York where we will have time for lunch and a look around.
We will use The Saxonville a family run 3* standard hotel. There are a few steps to the entrance and the hotel does not have a lift and accommodation is over two floors.
I have secured rooms as follows:- 3 X singles at no supplement, 3 X twin and 3 X double.
At the time of writing, the single rooms have been reserved, but if I can get the group size above 30, I can offer single occupancy of double rooms for a supplement of £50.00
This offer will be held open for a limited time, and I will accept bookings on receipt of a £40 per person deposit on first come first served basis.
1st WEDNESDAY WALKING GROUP
Roger Watmore 01455 552431
Julian Hargreaves 01455b 557704
CHRISTMAS LUNCH WALK
Date of Walk: Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Walk Organisers:- Sue and Peter Creeden 01455 557888
Meeting Point and Time:- Lutterworth Recreation Ground car park at 9.15am to leave at 9.20am. NOTE EARLIER TIME
Start Point: The Coach and Horses, Main Street Lubenham LE16 9TF. Setting off at 10:00am PROMPTLY.Directions to the Start:-. Take the A4304 towards Market Harborough. The Coach and Horses is on the right in Lubenham
Route and Distance:- The walk heads off to Marston Trussel before turning towards East Farndon picking up the Jurassic Way for a while before turning back towards Lubenham. It will be a mixture of road, tracks and fields over undulating countryside but no severe climbs. If the weather is clear there will be some fine views. There are about 12 stiles and the distance is approximately 5.5 miles.
Lunch arrangements:- Christmas Lunch that has to be prepaid. If you have not already booked then please contact Sue and Peter Creeden Tel: 01455 557888
19 Walkers left Shilton via the School and Ansty Church to join the towpath and headed SE. We traversed the long aqueduct, left the canal shortly after and headed for our coffee break at the Hopsford Hall stew pond now a fishing pool. We then headed NE passing the site of the Medieval village of Hopsford (still a village into the 1550’s and an entry into the Domesday Book). At Workshops Farm we headed W back to the Shilton Arms for lunch. The food was excellent and good value on their 2 4 1 menu. A thoroughly enjoyable walk. 12 styles, if you were counting. Peter and Irene Moore
4th WEDNESDAY WALKING GROUPCo-ordinators:
Sue & Peter Creeden
01455 557888 553341
Wednesday 26 November 2014
Walk Organisers:- George Robertson & Jane Clark Tel: 07986827270
Meeting Point and Time:- Lutterworth Recreation Ground car park at 9.20am to leave at 9.30am.
Start Point:- The Knightley Arms Yelvertoft NN6 6LF
Directions to the Start:-. Leave Lutterworth and cross the Jet Plane roundabout in the Rugby direction (A426). Take the first left then immediately right to Swinford. In Swinford at ‘T’ junction turn right then next left to Stanford on Avon. Go through Stanford-on-Avon and on through Clay Coton to Yelvertoft. The Knightly Arms is on the left in the centre of the village and the car park is immediately before the pub. Round trip distance 16 miles. Twisty narrow route take care Route and Distance:- From Yelvertoft we will follow field tracks to Elkington and then on to Winwick. From Winwick we return to Yelvertoft via the Grand Union canal towpath. Mostly dry underfoot with 5 stiles. The distance is just under 6.5 miles.
Lunch arrangements:- Pub offers 2 courses for £8.
October 2014 Walk Report
A fine sunny October morning enticed 19 walkers to make the journey out to Harrington. They were rewarded with a very pleasant walk in the rolling Northamptonshire countryside. The walking was relatively easy with not too much mud and only a couple of stiles. We stopped for a break in the churchyard at Arthingworth before returning to Harrington. Everybody stayed for lunch in the Tollemache Arms.
Sue and Peter Creeden
JOINT WYCLIFFE LUTTERWORTH
And LUTTERWORTH U3A GROUPS
TUESDAY WALKING GROUPCo-ordinator:
Gordon Jones (Lutterworth U3A)
Date of Walk: Tuesday 18th November Coordinator: Gordon Jones. Tel. 01455 556192 Walk Organizers: Mick and Brenda Barrows, Tel. 01455 556570 Meeting Point: Coventry Road Recreation Ground car park Meeting Time: 09.20, leave at 9.25.
Start Point: The Old Greyhound, Great Glen, toilets open at start.
Route and distance:Just under 6 miles from Old Greyhound, Great Glen. Circular route via Wistow, Newton Harcourt returning to Great Glen using field paths, tracks and canal tow path, just one stile.
Lunch: At the Old Greyhound. Order on arrival. Meal deal, any £7.50 meals count as 2 for £12. Odd number £6 Directions to the Starting Point:Lutterworth to Glimorton, Bruntingthorpe, by Shearsby Bath over A 5199 towards Saddington, left at T junction then first right towards Kibworth Harcourt heading for the A6 Leicester bound, turning in to Great Glen. Pub opposite the green. Sat Nav: LE8 9GF, please park at far side of car park
Result :- Seasons Finale Away Day. Wollaton Park Golf Club, Nottingham. 17th October 2014. What a wonderful day we all had. Indian Summer weather of warm sunshine and *short sleeves* and no wind. A lot a very large Stags were lying down resting awaiting their moment of *once a year action* There was a lot of loud bellowing as if they were tuning up.